Mae Muller, the United Kingdom’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest this week, said that she is applying for German citizenship under Germany’s laws that afford passports to descendants of Nazi persecution.
In an interview published Sunday in The Times, a British newspaper, the 25-year-old pop star said that a European Union passport would help her perform throughout the continent more easily in the wake of Brexit, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the union. She said her family also wants to relocate to Spain.
Muller has previously said that her grandfather Robert fled Germany as a 12-year-old and survived the war in Wales. In 2021, Germany passed legislation that made it easier for descendants of Jews and others who were stripped of citizenship during World War II to regain it. Holocaust survivors have been permitted to regain German citizenship since 1949.
Muller, who grew up in a Jewish household in northern London, will sing “I Wrote A Song” on Saturday in the finals of Eurovision, an annual pop song competition that involves representatives from dozens of countries located mostly in Europe. The contest is usually held in the country whose representative won the previous year’s competition, but because last year’s prize went to a Ukrainian rap group, this year’s event is being held in Liverpool. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made holding the contest there a security hazard.
The other Jewish Eurovision contender, Israeli Noa Kirel, has also made it to the final round after performing her song “Unicorn” on Tuesday night. In 2020, Kirel had signed what was called the largest record deal ever for an Israeli artist. At last year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, she wore an outfit mocking Kanye West, the rapper who went on an antisemitic social media spree in the fall.
Muller, who has voiced support for Jeremy Corbyn — the former British Labour leader who was booted from the party over a years-long antisemitism controversy — has also called out a rapper over antisemitic remarks. In 2020, she tweeted about Wiley, who had said that Jews “run the earth,” writing: “I stand with all my Jewish friends, family, supporters and always will.”
Muller has not performed yet, but she will on Saturday because contestants from the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany and Italy automatically make the final round every year.
The last Jewish performer to win the contest was Israeli Netta Barzilai, in 2018.